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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.438

  • Description

    Porcelain vase in shape of archaic bronze 'Gu', with trumpet mouth, narrow body and splayed foot. The vase has blue-tinged glaze except for foot-ring. There are two raised bosses on the centre of the body.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1912-1949
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 231 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 438

    Vase modelled on an ancient bronze vessel called a gu


    This porcelain gu vase is covered with a clear glaze with a blue-tinge. Its shape is entirely twentieth century.


    Porcelain with clear glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Republican Period, AD 1911–1949

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.90, no.77 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc45/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.438

Porcelain vase in shape of archaic bronze 'Gu', with trumpet mouth, narrow body and splayed foot. The vase has blue-tinged glaze except for foot-ring. There are two raised bosses on the centre of the body.

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